Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Head Coach Jen Hughes (second from left) was inducted into the Colgate Hall of Honor on September 22, 2006.

Hughes Enters Colgate Hall of Honor

October 13, 2006

HAMILTON, NY – In late September, Amherst women’s soccer head coach Jen Hughes was inducted into the Colgate University’s Athletics Hall of Honor along with five other successful Colgate alumni. With this year’s class of inductees joining the prestigious ranks of Colgate’s most successful athletes, the membership in the Hall will be 178.

The other notable inductees include current NBA center Adonal Foyle ’98, basketball; Martha Kurtz ’80, field hockey and lacrosse; Glen Treichler ’48, football; Fred von Zuben ’63, hockey; and Bob Woodruff ’83, lacrosse.

Being joined by such prolific and accomplished athletes demonstrates Hughes’ success as an undergraduate athlete as well as her continued passion for sports education and coaching.

Hughes continued her athletic successes during her first year campaign as the Jeffs head coach, leading the team to second place in the NESCAC and a national ranking of 16th. The Jeffs rose as high as 11th in the national rankings while producing two All-NESCAC and All-Region selections. Currently, the Jeffs are 7-1-1 and on their way to their 14th straight NESCAC tournament appearance and in the running for their 8th ever NCAA tournament bid.

Her accomplishments off the field are quite impressive as well. As one of the best soccer players in the history of Colgate University, Hughes led the Red Raiders to 3 consecutive Patriot League and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships while individually earning NCAA Division I Soccer Buzz All-America, NSCAA Regional All-America, First-Team All-Patriot League, ECAC Tournament MVP, Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, Patriot League Tournament MVP, Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and Colgate Team MVP honors as a senior co-captain. Hughes also graduated as Colgate's all-time leader in goals (40), assists (26) and points (106), and was a 1997 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee and a winner of the ECAC Merit Medal for excellence in academics and athletics. She was also one of 32 players chosen for the 1997 Umbro-Select Senior All-Star Classic in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

After her astonishing collegiate campaign, Hughes joined the Region 1 team at the 1998 U.S. National Soccer Festival and earned a spot on the New York Magic of the USISL. She went on to play professionally for Tyreso FF of the Damallsvenskan Futbol League in Stockholm, Sweeden. Hughes is also one of only two players in Colgate women’s soccer history to have her jersey number retired.

Her unprecedented successes in the world of women’s soccer have never failed to impress, and now that she is at the helm for the Lord Jeffs, her personal and athletic talents will be depended on to develop and lead her young squad for years to come.